WHILE her football ace Frank is away, Christine Lampard has found someone else to share a bed with – her three-year-old daughter Patricia.
The couple’s oldest child already has the goal of becoming a doctor one day.
Christine, 43, laughs: “It’s so funny, we were talking last night and I said daddy was going away. She said, “I’ll take care of you. I’ll tell you what, mom – why don’t I sleep in your bed tomorrow night and take care of you?”
“She’s dying to get into my bed every night — she’s a little rascal.”
Like Patricia, Christine is inspired by the work of the country’s doctors and nurses and asks YOU to nominate your healthcare heroes for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards.
With just days to go until nominations close, the presenter is urging readers to get their nominations in, saying: “We all appreciated NHS staff even before Covid and are about to see the awards ceremony, which is probably more poignant than that ever has been.
Nominate your NHS hero here
“Medics and health workers haven’t had it easy – they all deserve an award, so readers have to vote.
“It’s a nice pat on the back for people who deserve it.”
‘Hard Old Gig’
Christine is the longest-serving judge for the Who Cares Wins Awards and her deep respect for the medical profession runs in the family.
She says: “All Patricia talks about is doctors. She has her little doctor’s bag with a stethoscope and all sorts of things. That’s all she wants to be right now. We have to pretend sometimes that we are not well and she will come and put a band-aid on you to make you feel better.”
Christine is incredibly proud of her best friend, who is a doctor, and of her grandma, who was a head nurse in a pediatric ward in Northern Ireland.
She adds: “My best friend went to college for seven years and is a GP. She keeps studying to keep up with everything. It’s a tough old gig and she’s amazing.”
While she can’t wait to get to work judging the awards and celebrating health heroes, Christine is also back at work on ITV’s Loose Women and Lorraine.
She says, “After a break, I always feel like I’m back at school on the first day of school when you’re like, ‘Can I still speak?’ I took the dog out this morning and she made a disgusting poo, I just washed her butt. I’ve been cleaning two young butts all morning. Then I have to go to the studio and apply foundation!”
Who Cares wins awards
THE Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards is back – and we need YOU to nominate your healthcare heroes.
Our annual awards, in partnership with NHS Charities Together, honor the extraordinary people who keep our healthcare service running, from cleaners to porters, nurses to doctors and paramedics.
And this year we have another special awards night planned.
So if there is someone who has helped you or your family who deserves recognition for their incredible work, this is your chance to say thank you.
Nominations should relate to help you have received in the last 12 months, unless it is one person’s hard work over many years.
The closing date for entries this year is July 12th.
The categories are:
- best doctor – an NHS doctor – GP, hospital doctor or consultant
- Best midwife – an NHS midwife who has looked after a woman or her baby
- best team – any NHS or health team on the front lines and behind the scenes who have gone above and beyond their call of duty
- best nurse – an NHS nurse in any field
- Best Health Charity – a health organization that helped you or a loved one
- Secret hero – Do you know a friend or person who gives up their time to volunteer at a healthcare organization, hospital, hospice, or similar?
- young hero – it could be a caregiver or an activist or something else. Open to anyone under the age of 18
- Mental Health Hero – for a significant contribution to mental health
- 999 hero – An EMS worker, team, or member of the public performed an emergency rescue, operation, or similar
It could be a few more years before Patricia and the couple’s 16-month-old son, Freddie, have to decide on a career path, but as a stepmother to Frank’s two older daughters, Luna, 16, and Isla, 14, Christine has offered advice.
She says: “I was chatting with my stepdaughters over the weekend. We talk about universities and what they want to do next. I kept telling them to follow their hearts.
It’s such a beautiful night for the people who deserve it and that matters more now than ever.
“For me, everything revolves around the love of something. This creates zest for life. When you follow your heart, everything else comes from it.”
Being married to Everton manager Frank, 44, means football is ever-present in the family home. There are a lot of little toy balls in our kitchen being thrown across my white walls, it makes my head spin.
“But if football was the path they wanted to take, I know Daddy is a good person to guide them. I’ll stand on the sidelines like I do with him.
“But honestly I don’t care what they do as long as they’re enjoying themselves from day one.”
Looking back on her own career, which began with an internship in a television studio on her 17th birthday, Christine says, “I never use the word ‘work’ because what I do is an absolute blessing.
“After all these years in the same industry, I enjoy what I do. I’m very grateful.”
Christine can’t wait for the Who Cares Wins Awards in September and will definitely be wearing her waterproof mascara.
“Everything makes me cry,” she admits. “But I can’t wait. The last time I went to the awards ceremonies, the conversations I had in the toilets with the family members of the people involved were very nice.
“It’s such a beautiful night for the people who deserve it and that matters more now than ever.”
A heartfelt thank you
THE NHS celebrated its 74th birthday this week with a Big Tea fundraiser for its dedicated staff and volunteers.
NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard attended the celebrations at a new staff lounge at London’s Charing Cross Hospital funded by donations raised for Who Cares Wins partners NHS Charities Together, including kindhearted Sun readers.
Amanda said: “The NHS Big Tea is our chance to say a big, heartfelt thank you and to support the incredible NHS charities across the UK who play such a vital role.”
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